Cold, cloudy and rainy weather calls for soup to warm the soul and there’s no better place than Monkey King Noodle Company in Deep Ellum. Three blocks south of DART’s Baylor University Medical Center Station, Monkey King Noodle Company stands out like a sore thumb, even by Deep Ellum standards. You’ll know you’re there when you see the small building that looks like it’s covered in wooden pallets and crowds of patrons standing out front.
Inside this food stand, some of the city’s finest noodles, soups and dumplings are being made — by hand! Adding to the experience is a large window that looks in on MKNC employees flipping, twisting and rolling out the noodles on a large butcher block. Don’t feel guilty about staring in amazement — it’s works of art being created for consumption.
The menu’s simplicity cuts down on the tough decisions that usually accompany Asian cuisine. You have four options of noodles, four options of dumplings and a few sides to pick from.
The most difficult part of the experience is finding a place to enjoy down the noodles. You may be sitting on the curb slurping down the noodles because of limited seating, but the folks at MKNC are remedying that problem later this year with a brick & mortar location opening down the street. Another DARTable option is coming when MKNC opens a location in Downtown Carrollton.
Lunch: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dinner: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
More information: monkeykingnoodlecompany.com.